The highest hurdle for many people is learning to be upset without automatically turning to cigarettes. The solution? Have an arsenal of ideas at hand to deal with an emotional setback without reaching for a pack.
- Keep a support buddy's cell number and use it when you feel a craving or as needed. Also, if you're using a patch, gum or inhaler, use it for cravings or as needed.
- Stay away from people who are smoking or speak to them in an assertive way. Let them know what you are trying to accomplish so they can be supportive.
- Stay away from alcohol or limit your alcohol intake if you used to drink and smoke at the same time.
- If you are upset, try deep, slow breathing or call someone, especially someone you really want to talk to, to distract yourself, problem solve or find support.
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